No. 23 Temple tops Saint Joseph’s 66-52
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Lavoy Allen was thrilled former Temple greats were in attendance and honored at halftime for their Hall of Fame careers. He then grabbed a rebound to remember that etched his name in team history.
Allen had 12 rebounds and became Temple’s career leader in that category in the 23rd-ranked Owls’ 66-52 win over Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.
Allen scored 14 points for the Owls (21-5, 11-2 Atlantic 10) and passed John Baum on the school’s career rebounding list. Baum, Temple’s radio analyst, grabbed 1,042 rebounds in only three seasons. Allen, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, helped the Owls win their eighth straight game overall and ninth straight over their city-rival Hawks.
“I just tried to get every rebound that I can,” Allen said.
Allen, who has 1,045 rebounds, set the record on a weekend former Temple greats Eddie Jones, Aaron McKie and Rick Brunson were inducted into the school’s athletics’ Hall of Fame. Former coach John Chaney, a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, watched from press row as Allen placed his name atop the leaderboard.
“I think it’s a remarkable achievement by a guy who’s as selfless as I’ve ever coached,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “He’s had a tremendous career. I would hate to see where our program would be without Lavoy Allen.”
He can score, too.
Allen had eight points during Temple’s 14-4 run late in the second half that broke the game open and kept the Owls rolling into Wednesday’s game at No. 5 Duke.
“I’ll celebrate after this, but I’ve got to get ready for Duke tomorrow,” Allen said.
Ramone Moore scored 17 points, Juan Fernandez had 12 and Rahlir Jefferson 11 for the Owls, who finished with 19 assists (Fernandez had six) on 23 field goals.
Brunson, now an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls, addressed the team after Saturday’s practice and the Owls all shook Chaney’s hand after beating the Hawks.
Temple fans came dressed for a funeral—students wore all black T-shirts that read “RIP The Hawk” and passed a coffin down the stands for the SJU mascot that never stops flapping its wings.
They passed out funeral programs “in loving celebration” of the Hawk from 1956-2011 and held a moment of silence for all those that have transferred from and been kicked of Saint Joseph’s in recent years.
“Our student section was a little crazy today,” Allen said.
Saint Joseph’s, having its worst season under coach Phil Martelli, briefly came back to life midway through the second half when two 3-pointers got them within eight.
Allen got the Owls motoring.
Accused of playing without passion at times, Allen sparked the Owls with a one-handed jam and a nifty spin move down the lane that gave them a 14-point lead. He was 7 of 10 from the field and grabbed 10 defensive rebounds.
The Owls are counting on those double-doubles down the stretch. They lost forward Micheal Eric for the season with a fractured right patella and on Sunday they played without Scootie Randall (foot), who is day to day.
Down two starters, the Owls shot 48 percent in the first half to jump all over their fallen rival. Saint Joseph’s (7-19, 2-10). failed to win a city series game this season and the program was hit this week with off-court trouble.
Hawks guard Patrick Swilling is no longer enrolled at the school and center Todd O’Brien will not play until the completion of the university’s judicial process.
Swilling did not play last week against Xavier because of an unspecified violation of the school’s code of conduct. O’Brien sat out that game because of a failure to comply with the university’s community standards.
Swilling averaged 1.4 points and O’Brien 1.2.
Martelli called it a school issue that he was made aware of last week and has otherwise declined comment.
Langston Galloway scored 17 points and Carl Jones added 11 for the Hawks, who have lost 11 of 13.
“They haven’t given up,” Martelli said. “They’ve had a tough week off the court and we’ve all had to deal with it. But give up? That isn’t part of it. Hasn’t had anything to with it all year long.”
The Owls used an 11-0 run and an efficient 10 assists on 13 baskets to lead 35-23 at halftime.
Allen, though, was the show in the second half with fans counting down to the milestone rebound.
“Lavoy Allen is a great guy,” Baum said. “It’s a great privilege for me to be connected with him.”
Allen joked Baum didn’t mind when he missed a game with an ankle injury.
“I think when I hurt my ankle, he might have smiled a little bit,” Allen said to laughter.